New details: Man killed during home invasion

Posted at 5:53 PM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 17:53:08-04

The 2500 block of Thornberry Drive in Edgewood -- it's well-kept, seems quiet, and neighbors are friendly to us.  But it only takes one, one home for police to blanket the block.

"I think it's just a bunch of kids that got into something," said Hank Cliffe, whose brother lives next door to the house where a man was shot and killed Sunday night.  "He said there was a group of kids in here, four or five, that were renting the house and were using it as a party time in the back room back there," Cliffe said.  

The Harford County Sheriff's Office tells us someone in the area heard multiple gunshots and called 911 Sunday night after 11.  Detectives call it a home invasion, where a group of guys went in with weapons.

They say someone inside fired back and hit and killed Javon Langston, 34, from Aberdeen, who is identified as one of the suspects.

"Our victims and our suspects were not strangers to each other.  There was a possible robbery that was going on inside the house with weapons inside the house and one of the residents was protecting himself and fired a shot," said Maj. William Davis, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office

The other suspects left and have not been located.  Now the state's attorney will consider if charges should be filed.

"A person is allowed to protect themselves against bodily harm or someone else in their home," said Maj. Davis.

One neighbor who didn't want to be on camera, fearing retaliation, said traffic at the home has picked up over the past six months.  He said Sunday's incident was "bound to happen." 

"What was the reason for the gun to be there and what was the reason for the gun to be fired?  Something had to transpire between them," said Cliffe. 

The neighbor who doesn’t want to be identified said the guy who pulled the trigger bought a shotgun for his own safety.  Maj. Davis has not released a motive.